Bobby Seay likely to miss 2011 following shoulder surgery

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Bobby Seay was the Tigers’ primary left-handed specialist from 2007 to 2009, appearing in 185 games with a 3.75 ERA during that time, but he hasn’t pitched this season because of a shoulder injury and is now expected to miss all of next season as well.
Seay initially tried to rehab the injury, but said today that he’ll undergo surgery within the next two weeks and will likely be sidelined for 10-12 months. That’s essentially the worst-case scenario, because had Seay undergone the surgery back in March he’d have a decent shot to be ready by spring training. Instead, he’ll be aiming for spring of 2012 and may have to do the rehabbing on his own because he’s an impending free agent.
“My main thing is to wear a Tigers uniform again and get big outs for Jim Leyland,” Seay told John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press. “The doctor told me that if the surgery goes well, my arm will feel like it would for someone in their mid-20s.”
Perhaps, but torn labrums are notoriously difficult to come back from and even if things go smoothly Seay will likely be 34 years old before he faces big-league hitters again.

Padres acquire Phil Hughes from Twins

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Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.

Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.

Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.

The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.